GARN FALL FICTION BOOK SERIES: Rosie’s Umbrella: New 2017 Edition
Welcome to the Garn Press Fall Fiction Book Series featuring our recommended fiction books from the Garn library. Today’s recommended fall fiction book: Rosie’s Umbrella: New 2017 Edition by Denny Taylor. Hardcover, paperback and ebook now available. Buy on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indigo Books | IndieBound.
Author: Denny Taylor
Book: Rosie’s Umbrella – 2017 Second Edition
Garn Press (362 pp., 2017 Second Edition)
BUY: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indigo Books | IndieBound
Paperback $17.95 | Hardcover $27.95 | Ebook $9.99 and $2.99 through Amazon’s Matchbook Program
About Rosie’s Umbrella
This new 2017 edition includes two additional chapters – “Reflections on Rosie’s Umbrella” written by Jack David Eller, University of Northern Colorado, and Richard C. Owen, Founder and CEO, Richard C. Owen Publishers; and “Epilogue: Writing Rosie’s Umbrella” written by author Denny Taylor, as well as additional front matter.
“She died within seconds of falling. She could see the shadows that went with the echoes of screams from up above, but the patterns of light and the fading sounds were nothing more than that. There was not time to think about them, to name them or to say, ‘There’s lovely’, but that is how she felt in those last moments of her life.”
Rosie’s Umbrella is about love and loss, forgetting and remembering, losing one’s self and becoming someone you never knew or imagined being.
We meet 14-year-old Rosie Llywelyn in Boston in 1995 at the moment her life is changed forever by a tragedy that occurred in a coalmining village in Wales in 1955.
From the very first page the reader experiences the emotional turmoil Rosie feels as she tries to find out what has happened to her Aunt Sarah and why her parents won’t tell her why they have had Sarah committed to a psychiatric unit in a nearby hospital.
As Taylor engages the reader in Rosie’s tragic family story of guilt and forgiveness, she falls into her own family history, and the reader falls with her – as she exposes the cruelty of governments, the wounds of being lumpen, the exploitation of poor families and children, and the trauma of the forced migration of hundreds of thousands of miners and their families from the Welsh coal mining valleys in the first half of the twentieth century.
As Rosie struggles to find her own truth with the support of her teacher and friends in school, she realizes another family tragedy is about to happen. Falling faster now through the pages, Taylor makes sure readers stay on the page with Rosie and her friends through their political awakening to the devastation that power and privilege has on poor people, and to their own vision for the future. Until, filled with love, laughter, and the will to survive, they are ready for the struggle that they know lies ahead.
“Denny Taylor’s Rosie’s Umbrella is a great read that combines fantasy and mystery to make a delightful read for young adult readers. A page-turner, and an emotionally charged story that will wake readers up and make them see the injustices around them. It is as entertaining as it is spellbinding.” – Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
“Rosie’s Umbrella is a spellbinding piece of literature. Profound and exquisitely written, Denny Taylor’s exceptional story lures you in. It is a story of heritage, of shame and regret. But more importantly, it is a pursuit of self discovery, healing and reconciliation.” – Reviewed By Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers’ Favorite
“… The book’s depiction of the pain of buried family history and strained family relationships is poignant and provides its emotional through line … A novel with a keen understanding of the complexity of family secrets and the tensions between loving family members.” – Kirkus Review
“Rosie’s Umbrella is a moving meditation as well as a novel, one that crosses continents and time in order to explore the ways in which the ghost of things past, dramatic and disturbing, can go on affecting lives into the future. It is also a mystery – and a real page-turner. I read it in a single sweep, and recommend you do the same.” – Geoff Ward, Principal of Homerton College and Deputy Vice, Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, and Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum
“Rosie’s Umbrella is a gripping, page-turning, wild ride, fueled by great passion, deep humanity, and an urgent call for justice.” – James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Presidential Professor, Arizona State University
“I really, really enjoyed reading Rosie’s Umbrella by Denny Taylor. The book is very well written and descriptive. It is exciting from cover to cover and included many scenes that made me gasp out loud. I was hooked by the first page, and I did not want to put the book down.” – Reviewed By Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers’ Favorite
“Wonderful insights into Welsh history and culture. It is easy to forget the struggles of miners.” – Yetta M. Goodman, Regents Professor Emerita, University of Arizona
“What an amazing adventure. I’ve known only Denny Taylor’s professional writing, so was thrilled to find that she could keep me spell-bound with this gripping story. To put it mildly, it is a page-turner. If you are searching for a story that will capture all the members of your book club this is it!” – Dorothy Watson, Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Missouri
“My favorite part of the book was the moment when I understood what the title meant as it was a wonderful “aha” moment that made me feel like I had solved a mystery too. Rosie Llewelyn was easily my favorite character as she was a strong, independent girl capable of making tough choices. I admired the strength of her character and her determination to learn about her Aunt Sarah, even when faced with opposition.” – Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite
“I couldn’t put it down in spite of being so busy, a great story and characters AND what a wonderful reflection on memory and history.” – Ruth Finnegan, FBA, OBE, Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, UK
“In Rosie’s Umbrella, Denny Taylor beautifully captures what happens when young adults have opportunities to grapple with injustices that relate to identity, culture, and history. With a bit of support and guidance from adults like Aunt Sarah and teacher Margaret, all adolescents like Rosie have the potential to find their voices and take action as social agents of change. This novel will inspire young and old to pursue their own social justice investigation.” – Monica Taylor, Associate Professor, Montclair University
“Once in a while a novel comes around and not only touches me as a reader but an educator as well. This novel does both. As an educator, I am inspired to be more like Margaret, Rosie’s teacher, committed to helping children develop their voice in telling stories. Taylor weaves together a 21st century family complete with secrets of about their history in 19th century Wales. The vivid accounts of both past and present will resonate with all audiences. This is a highly readable, enjoyable book, deserving of wide circulation.”- Pat Geyer, Teacher-Educator, Hofstra University
“I LOVED this book!!! It is a powerful and enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more.” – Kathy Olmstead, Assistant Professor, Brockport College, SUNY
Rosie’s Umbrella Book Excerpt
From the Author
I am passionate about Rosie’s Umbrella. The novel means the world to me. If I could only keep one book that I have written I would keep Rosie. It took me 23 years to write, and Rosie and all the other characters in the book are like family. In some ways they are family. Rosie’s Welsh family is reminiscent of my own. Similarly the chapters in the book, which are set in Boston, contain characters that are part of my American “family”, especially the educators I know and, of course, my own students. Rosie’s Umbrella is about a young woman’s determination to discover her own truth, to stop another death, and by so doing, find a way to survive. It is a journey of self-discovery, mine as well as Rosie’s, although the political awakening that she experiences I experienced long ago.